Five men are facing gun charges after police say they found a handgun and a stun gun during a traffic stop earlier this week.
An officer pulled the men over Wednesday on Crescent Avenue and notice that the people inside were moving around furitively and making phone calls, police spokesman William Kaempffer said Friday.
The driver of the car said he had a learner’s permit but did not have a license and he also gave police permission to search the vehicle. Officers found the handgun in the glove compartment and also recovered the stun gun.
Police arrested 20-year-old Jamar Smith, of Bridgeport; 22-year-old Allen Lusmat, of Bridgeport; 26-year-old Craig Salmon, of Hartford; 25-yearold Jason Harrison, of Hartford, and 18-year-old Rhameir Bush, Bridgeport.
A mugshot of Lusmat was not immediately available Friday.
All five men were charged with possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, carrying a pistol without a permit, unsafe storage of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon. Smith was also charged with a motor vehicle infraction. Lusmat and Harrison were also charged with two counts of criminal possession of a firearm or electronic defense weapon by a felon.
Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. praised the officers involved in the arrest, saying the men were “well known” to police and possibly suspects in other crimes.
“The patrol division did an outstanding job,” he said. “A routine traffic stop by thorough officers quite possibly prevented something much more serious.”